Average Caterers in the United States make around $11.87 per hour. Caterers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. About one in six receive medical and dental insurance and around a tenth get vision insurance. The majority of Caterers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Caterer
The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.Read More...
Caterers should be able to think quickly on their feet to take many orders and perform multiple tasks at once. The job can occasionally be stressful when dealing with unruly customers, so professionalism is important to work well with customers and find solutions for their concerns. Some caterers work primarily for special events and may even cook some food in addition to serving it. They should also be able to present food in ways that are aesthetically pleasing. This work can take place both indoors and outdoors depending on the employer and particular event, and caterers typically work with a medium-sized staff of other caterers and managers.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though prior experience in the food industry and/or customer service is highly beneficial, and shifts for caterers can vary greatly and include morning, afternoon, and/or nighttime hours.
- Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
- Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
- Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
- Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.
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Pay by Experience Level for Caterer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. For Caterers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Caterers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.
Key Stats for Caterer
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.